Arthur’s Pizza – Maroubra

Arthur’s pizza is one of those staple Italian joints – your local where you can call up for that Friday night pizza when you can’t be bothered cooking (or on any night really) and you can always guarantee it’s tasty. They’ve been in the business for over 30 years.

Beginning in the 1970’z, they offered alternatives to the regular cheese and tomato options, they soon became popular with their creative flavour combinations. They’ve have continued to grow, and now have stores in a number of locations: Randwick, Paddington and now also Bexley, Maroubra, Glebe and Rosebery.

Arthur’s stores have a family atmosphere and super casual which makes it a comfortable place to socialise. That, in combination with reasonable prices makes for a good eat in or takeaway option.

We visited in a group so were able to sample a variety of things from the menu including entrees, pizza, pasta and salads.

Entree wise, we ate the saucy meatballs and garlic prawns – these were cooked and served in thick tomato type sauce so a lot of the flavour was retained.

Pizzas come in different sizes; small, medium, large and family. There’s plenty of flavour combinations, but you can pay a little extra if you want any additions. There’s also Gluten free options.

We had the following pizzas – all really good choices!

Campollo: Chicken Fillet, Semi-Dried Tomato, Red Onion, Camembert, Basil

Sassri: Lamb Fillets, Fetta Cheese, Red Onions, Sweet Potato, Mint

Nitro: Pepperoni, Onions, Capsicum, Bacon, Chilli

In addition, we enjoyed the creamy Bosciola pasta with bacon and mushroom and well as the super flavour some mushroom risotto.

With so many delicious carbs, we needed some salads to balance out or lunch and we tried the Greek salad and also a lovely rocket and Parmesan one too.

By the end of this we were super food but did a great job finishing it off. Unfortunately we were too full for dessert, but if you’re not, Nutella pizza or tiramisu would be my pick!

Arthur’s Pizza

35 McKeon St
Maroubra 2035

Phone: (02) 9315 5220

Thank you to weekendfoodesscapes and ompty for the invitation to dine.

We return to the Galley @ Sydney Boathouse

We returned to The Galley at Sydney Boathouse, a beautiful spot, right on Sydney Harbour marina situated between Rozelle and Glebe, and under the ANZAC Bridge. The nearby car park gives 1 hour free parking so it’s easy to pop by for brunch or lunch. It’s a lovely view of the city scape and boats in the harbour and you can enjoy your breakfast up on the deck of the converted waiting hall /  shipping container, or on a lounge by the water. This time we opted for the couches and made friends with a nearby diners French bulldog. It’s certainly a dog friendly spot. 

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You can also sit inside if the weather isn’t suitable with beautiful styling, nautically themed with blue striped cushions, decorative ropes and anchors.

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We loved this place last time, so we were keen to try their new menu. 

The menu has a more varied amount of choices at brunch. There’s sweets, salads and some regular and ever popular choices.

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The mozzarella with avo was perfectly placed on sourdough with greens and pomegranates, heirloom tomatoes and and a soft poached egg.

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We enjoyed the roast pumpkin salad with grains, Persian feta, heirloom salad, avocado, confit onion, pepita dukkah and herbs is the kind of dish I’d enjoy every day. Super healthy and refreshing and the pumpkin was perfectly cooked. 

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For a sweet finish, we really liked the poached pear on brioche, toast with salted caramel, passionfruit cream, candied pistachio and lemon zest. We imagine this will be a very popular menu item. 

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Drinks wise, you can order a milkshake or juice or a range of teas and coffee. We like campos so we’re happy to see that’s the blend on the menu.

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The Galley at Sydney Boathouse

2 Waterways Court

Rozelle

NSW 2039

Directions – James Craig Road off The Crescent and then right onto Waterways Court at the first roundabout

Mon to Fri – 7 am to 3pm

Sat & Sun – 7:30 am to 4 pm

https://thegalleycafe.com.au

Salmon and Bear @ Zetland

Salmon and Bear is a a casual eatery in Zetland, Sydney, across the road from the East Village shopping precinct. You can park in the shopping centre for 2 hours for free and head to the restaurant care free.

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It is a fish eatery which cooks the fish over charcoal in a Spanish Mimbrasa oven which gives the seafood a nice smokey flavour. This also gives you the sense of having your dinner at a campfire, and with the restaurant decor feeling like a log cabin, so it is very fitting.

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As we sit to peruse the menu, we are pleased to find they have a drink list with red and white wine by the glass or bottle, bubbles, beers and cocktails including aperol spritzers and a few Gins with home made tea and lemonade. We ordered the gin cocktails, perfect on a hot summer evening and helped take the edge of the working day.

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The menu listing Burgers and few classics. We begin with the trio of tacos; the sticky glazed salmon, crispy hoki NZ fish, and salt and pepper calamari, served on a soft corn tortilla with salsa verde, pickled pink onions and sriracha mayo. A good choice if you are after some variety.

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We also decided to order something different and went for the salt and pepper tofu as it looked extremely appealing. Nice soft little flavoursome squares with a crisp fried outer crust, flavoured with salt, pepper, shallots and chili, this was also served with a ponzu dipping sauce.

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One of their popular menu items is the Grizzly Plate ($27.95) for the original where you select a piece of fish (Ora King salmon, tuna, barramundi, hiramasa kingfish , or catch of the day) along with a choice of dipping sauce (salsa verde, peri peri, yogurt and dill, tartare or oyster and sesame) and any salads or side. For $32.95, you can add two sides. Sides include chips, mashed potato, coconut rice, sweet potato fries, corn salad, summer slaw, Asian greens or the garden salad.

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We opted for the Hiramasa Kingfish, cooked beautifully with a Smokey flavour and crispy skin. The salsa verde was the sauce of choice, the charred corn and the roasted veg for sides. Whilst veggies can sometimes be just veggies, the veggies at salmon and bear are on another level. They were boiled, grilled and then finished off again the oven, giving them a beautiful caramelised charred flavour. Topped with a honey mustard dressing and almonds, these a must order as your side dish.

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Poke seems to be the dish on everyone’s lips these days and thus we were happy to see this on the menu. For those not in the know, it is a rice and salad dish originating in Hawaii, topped with sashimi. It is a healthy and nourishing option. At Salmon and Bear, they have a few different options. Whether it be cubes of raw salmon, tuna, miso eggplant or the salt and pepper tofu, you can select your favourite . They are served atop salad or coconut rice, spring onions, avocado, seaweed and corn salsa, with a soy and sesame dressing or chilli and lemongrass, depending on your selection.

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Finishing off the night, we had to have the dessert. Just as you might have in wood cabin by the fire, comfort food is always good. A soft gooey brownie served with vanilla ice cream is certainly in that category.

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Salmon and Bear is fitting for the whole family as it has a casual vibe, reasonable prices and a menu with Cubs (or kids) choices.

The service was brilliant and the manager in particular was excellent, with her personable nature, thorough knowledge and efficient work ethic.

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We really enjoyed all the food here and have been here a few times now, and will certainly be back.

We would like to thank the restaurant and staff for their hospitality and Spooning Australia and Food Shot Sydney for the invitation to dine.

https://salmonandbear.com.au

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Fire and Ice – Manly’s new waterfront location

Fire and Ice Manly is one of those restaurants where you could absolutely sit there all afternoon, and well into the evening for many reasons.

  • The food is amazing
  • The staff are delightful
  • The view is incredible

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We went on an early evening one Saturday night are were greeted with quite possibly the nicest staff you’ll ever meet. Sharon and David, the owners have been in the restaurant industry since their teens and have owned and run a few steakhouses in their time. They previously owned Ribs and Burgers for 18 years. They have since opened Fire and Ice, an ocean front restaurant in Manly with a concept serving raw meats, smoked meats, grilled meats and plenty of seafood. David knows his stuff, and certainly knows his meats. We took his advice and went for a 400g dry aged steak, served with fries and salad. The steak was incredible and cooked to our request. Having just returned from Argentina, we feel that we do know our steaks. We would certainly recommend a visit here for their meat. Top this off with a glass of red and you’re set.

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We couldn’t go past seafood on this visit, given we were at a beachside location. We ordered tuna tataki, so fresh and accompanied by a wasabi aioli and soy. The scallops were perfectly cooked, and the kingfish was so fresh and beautifully presented on a salt slab, marinated with lemon and lime, olive oil, chilli, capsicum, coriander and chives. The seafood here is quality and certainly a must and there’s even a seafood platter that would be a great option for sharing.

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The menu is one of the biggest you’ll find, not only in size, but the amount of menu options. Oysters to small bites, both hot and cold including a few dishes reflective of the owners’ South African heritage. There are plenty of pastas, burgers, ribs and side salads to select from. There’s also vegetarian options for those that prefer this. Steak though, is their specialty, as you enter you can see their aged locker of the beef options, and you can have fillet or sirloin on the bone, rib eye or a T-bone. You can read about the suppliers of this quality steak in the back of their menu.

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Sharon is possibly one of the best front of house managers we’ve met. She is so kind and welcoming and we really appreciated her hospitality. You can tell her experienced with the first greeting.

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Plenty of cocktails, beers and wines to accompany your meals. We started with cocktails, white wine with our seafood and red with the steak.

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There are some large and private areas too, so you could certainly hire this out for a party.

A great restaurant all round.

Fire and Ice

 level 1/42 N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095

Fire and Ice Grill & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bake Bar for brunch @ Double Bay

Bake Bar won the best bakery cafe in Timeout’s 2017 awards and its easy to understand why. This bakery cafe offers a huge range of breads, patisserie goods, pastries and coffees, as well as a solid range of meals if you choose to dine in. 

Situated in Kiaora Lane of the Double Bay dining and shopping precinct, it’s always pumping with customers.

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Wait out the front and you’ll find the lovely staff happily greeting you and you’ll be ushered to a table quick smart. The tables outside have umbrellas to protect you from the sun, whilst still enjoying sitting alfresco.  

They have a breakfast/brunch menu until 2pm and then lunch is on offer too. We decided upon 2 salads and a burger to share, as well 2 patisserie goods for an afternoon snack.

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The prawn Caesar salad was delicious. Cos lettuce, bacon, tomato, croutons and Caesar dressing, topped with a generous serving of seasoned grilled prawns. Served with a slice of bread of your choice, this is a great meal for lunch. 

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The salmon sashimi poke bowl included salmon on a sheet of seaweed beside quinoa salad with radish and diced jalepenos. A lovely fresh and healthy choice for lunch.

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We also chose the Tuna burger, which included grilled tuna with lettuce and avocado on a soft bun. We chose to have a side of chips with it. This was a top burger and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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 With this, we drank a latte and a chai latte – good as always! 

We took home a lemon meringue pie and dulce de leche tart to satisfy the afternoon sugar cravings, and that they certainly did.

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We thoroughly recommend Bake Bar for a weekend day out (or any day really), but it’s great to order off the menu and dine in to enjoy it. 

Bake Bar

L/15 Kiaora Rd
Double Bay NSW 2028

Telephone: 02 9328 3213
Monday – Sunday: 6am – 6pm

 

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Nourishing and beautiful food @Three Beans

Don’t be caught out by the stereotype of a shopping centre cafe. Three beans is a great cafe located inside Broadway shopping centre. This cafe has rustic styling, it is a large space and has a stack of magazines and papers to read whilst you wait.
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A good spot to dine in and take a break. There are also plenty of take away options if you are in a rush maybe a pre made wrap, sandwich or cake and coffee to go.
Three Beans Cafe use their own sustainable blend of coffee. There’s also a malabar chai, matcha latte, and iced drinks too. If you’re keen on a refreshing frappe; try coffee or berry!
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Their all day menu boasts good variety, with breakfast, brunch and lunch options; from the summer pancakes and bacon and egg rolls to ham, turkey or chicken sandwiches. The miso chicken and lamb wraps also sounded delicious. With a focus on healthy eating, all menu options list the kilojoules for each, helping you to make an informed healthy decision. We went for two of the healthiest options; the ancient grain salad and nourish bowl.
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The ancient grain salad was a tasty option with a large serve of healthy ingredients including; buckwheat and quinoa, which also had fresh herbs, avocado, beetroot labneh, lemon and poached chicken.
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The nourish bowl, had a good mix of nourishing ingredients such as kale, peas, coriander, red cabbage. Carrot, onion, grains, egg and topped with hot salmon and dressing of coriander and ginger. Very flavoursome for a healthy dish.
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The granola and matcha pannacotta, is a good option if you are after a sweet option and it is a paleo too! Served with berries and coulis, this is a lovely dish and it came presented like a work of art, absolutely beautiful.
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It’s the perfect place to stop for rest and whilst you’re shopping. It also suits families, with a kids menu and the famous babycinos. Be sure to check it out.
Thanks to Huddle Group for the invitation to dine and the hospitality provided by Three Beans.

We visited: Broadway

L122 1 Bay St, Ultimo NSW 2007

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A lovely brunch spot @Little Collins

It’s not often we get over to the North Shore, despite that we’d like to. It’s always a trek from the East on a busy weekend,  so we came here on the first day of holidays mid week. Greeted but the lovely manager and hospitable staff, their casual and friendly attitude makes you comfortable here. 

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It’s a beautiful little cafe, undercover, yet an open seating plan, receiving the daily sun, it’s beautiful and stylish fit out is welcoming and in perfect fit with the trendy Freshwater area. 

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They have an all day brunch menu with some extra additions at lunch, making any time great to visit.

We were ready for our morning coffee and pleased to see they use Campos beans. We ordered a latte and cappuccino but there’s plenty of juices and smoothies if that takes your fancy too.

 

The menu has a range of healthy items and fresh flavours and a touch of the sea too. 

We shared three dishes on this visit – both healthy, savoury and sweet. 

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From the healthy menu we had the nourish bowl: rocket and quinoa salad that also had asparagus, pumpkin and beetroot.

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The chilli scrambled eggs we probably the best we’ve had. A slice of sourdough topped with creamy scrambled eggs, with chorizo and chilli, topped with paprika and micro herbs.

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Another standout was the hotcake – cooked in a deep dish, the pancake was topped with berry compote, fresh fruit and cream. Add maple syrup and demolish this dish! It was absolutely divine.

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Food here is lovely so pop by and grab some brunch before heading to the beach to relax.

Little Collins

 Little Collins Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato